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Carol Rose

Carol Rose

AMARILLO, Texas — Three individuals and three horses will be inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame at the 2010 AQHA Convention, March 5-8 in Kissimmee, Fla. Among the honorees are two people with California ties: Carol Rose and Frank “Scoop” Vessels III.

Carol Rose of Gainesville, Texas, began competing in 4-H horse shows at age 8 in California. Born in Palo Alto, Calif., Rose inherited a love of horses from her mother, Elizabeth. In college, she was earned a degree in animal science and ag business. Early adulthood found Rose devoted to competition in the California Reined Cowhorse Association, which evolved into today’s National Reined Cow Horse Association.

In 1969, Rose was the first woman to make it into the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity finals. She was a mutiple NCHA Non-Pro World Champion in the 1960s and 1970s. She was the first woman to serve on the AQHA judges committee. She has also served on boards for many organizations, including NRCHA and Texas Quarter Horse Association.

Rose moved to Texas in 1966 and began breeding horses. Horses she has bred have earned 25 world championships and 30 reserve world championships. She has bred 14 year-end high-point winners, three year-end all-around winners and two year-end reserve all-around winners.

Frank Vessels III

Frank Vessels III

Frank “Scoop” Vessels III of Bonsall, Calif., is an AQHA life member and served as AQHA president in 2004. Vessels has been around horses all of his life, since his grandfather, Frank Vessels Sr., who was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1989, started both Los Alamitos Race Course and Vessels Stallion Farm.

A recipient of the 1999 AQHA Champion Breeder of the Year and the 2000 Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award, Vessels was first appointed to the AQHA Racing Committee in 1992. He was awarded the John W. Galbreath Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship in the Equine Industry from the University of Louisville’s equine industry program in 2003.

The other 2010 inductee will be Bailey “Stretch” Bradley, who was among the founders of the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio. The horse inductees will be Poco Pine, Rocket Wrangler, and Zan Parr Bar. They will join the other 215 human and equine members of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, Texas. For information, visit www.aqhhalloffame.com

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